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Year 5 – Escher and Klimt

Spring Term 2022

This term, our enquiry question is:

Is there more to North America than just the USA & Disneyland?

Through our enquiry question ‘Is there more to North America than just the USA & Disneyland?’ we shall be developing our locational knowledge, identifying the countries, their capitals and their climate zones. The children will gain a greater understanding of the various climates throughout the continent and broaden their geographical terminology through reasoning and their presentational skills. Within this term, we will also research the physical and human features within the continent and how these features entice tourism.

They will be making connections with their Literacy and Theme work, exploring the text of Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg. This tells the recount of a true story back in 1901, of a Widowed lady named Annie Edson Taylor, a once teacher of etiquette who became the country’s daredevil and went over the Niagara Falls in a barrel…And survived! This term we will be continuing to focus and develop their grammar, spelling and punctuation. The children will continue to explore a range of texts and writing their own narratives, diary entries, poems and biographies.

In Maths this term, we will be continuing to develop our knowledge within fractions, this time through multiplication and problem solving. We will then be moving to perimeter and area, volume and measurements. The children will be continuing to practise their times tables on a daily basis at the beginning of our maths lessons as well as in morning activities, to ensure that they are confident and fluent up to the 12x tables by the end of the academic year.

Our Science topic this term will be Forces. We will be learning new scientific vocabulary relating to this, as well as making predictions and discussing results in a variety of experiments. The practical nature of science lessons means the children will be hands on with a range of objects allowing them to develop their independence and enquiry skills.

In PE, the children will continue on building and developing their skills, communication, teamwork, participation and progress through the skills and techniques used in Handball. They will also be taking part in Dance, learning a variety of skills which will focus on developing co-ordination and technique, with the main movement inspired by a Rugby movement known as ‘The Hacker’.

Autumn Term 2021

This term our enquiry question is:

Who got what in the struggle for England?

Through our enquiry question: Who got what in the struggle for England? We shall be building our historical knowledge through timelines and providing the children with an understanding of this era. By using enquiry based learning they will have opportunities to research and engage with the local environment. The pupils will be exploring the mystery of the Saxon Grave and the burial of the Staffordshire Hoard, as well as the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England.  

They will be making connections with their Literacy and Theme work, exploring the text of Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. This explores the Viking and Anglo-Saxon period in fifth century Denmark and focuses on the monstrous character the Beowulf. This term we will be focusing and developing their grammar, spelling and punctuation. The children will be exploring a range of texts (including visual) and writing their own narratives, diary entries and poems.

 In Maths this term we will be revising and building on the four operations and consolidating our knowledge of place value. We shall be revisiting a variety of methods for the operations and using a range of manipulatives to support them in their understanding. The children will be continuing to practise their times tables on a daily basis at the beginning of our maths lessons, to ensure that they are confident and fluent up to the 12x tables by the end of the academic year.

Our topic for Science this term will be properties and changes in materials. We will be learning new scientific vocabulary relating to states of matter, as well as making predictions and discussing results in a variety of experiments. The practical nature of science lessons means the children will be hands on with a range of objects, allowing them to develop their independence and enquiry skills.

The children will focus on building skills, communication, teamwork, participation and progress through the skills and techniques used in Tag Rugby. They will also be taking part in indoor athletics learning a variety of skills which will focus on developing co-ordination and technique.